[Ed. – Brown’s fear is the same as Cuomo’s in New York: the proposal to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes would make the unpopularity of California’s thirsty tax siphon skyrocket. (In fact, there’s a whole class of mortgage-payers it would effectively raise the overall tax bite on — and that’s aside from the impact on small and sole-proprietor businesses. The effect would be to drive many of the latter out of state.) The option of lowering California tax rates naturally is a non-starter for a California Democrat.]
California Gov. Jerry Brown warned fourteen Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation Friday that it would be “morally” wrong for them to support President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Brown joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and blasted the California GOP contingent for “slavish adherence to the Republican leadership.” The Associated Press added that Brown said they were “like a herd of sheep” for Trump.
Brown is primarily concerned with Trump’s proposed repeal of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which would provide $1.8 trillion in revenue that could be used to grant tax cuts in other areas.